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Tanner Roark tosses seven scoreless innings Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark didn't factor into the decision Wednesday despite giving up just five hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings while striking out two in his team's 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Roark watched his lead evaporate in the eighth inning, when the Diamondbacks clubbed a two-run home run to even the game. He owns a 2.80 ERA and 118:36 K:BB ratio in 160 2/3 innings. Roark's next test will come Monday against the Phillies.

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Trevor Cahill gives up two runs in no-decision vs. Nationals
by R.J. White |

Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Cahill didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on six hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings and striking out five in his team's 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

Cahill was on the hook for the loss before the Diamondbacks offense scored two runs on an eighth-inning home run. He's now turned in five straight quality starts and owns a 4.54 ERA and 75:37 K:BB ratio in 83 1/3 innings. Cahill is scheduled to face the Dodgers Tuesday.

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Mark Melancon picks up win vs. Braves
by R.J. White |

Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned a win Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 3-2 victory over the Braves.

Melancon (2-3) surrendered a run and took a blown save in his previous outing, but he was back on form Wednesday, securing his first win since taking over the closing role in early May. He owns a 2.24 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 50:8 K:BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings.

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David Carpenter allows unearned run in loss vs. Pirates
by R.J. White |

Braves pitcher David Carpenter took the loss Wednesday, giving up one unearned run on one hit in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Pirates.

Carpenter (4-3) surrendered a leadoff single but retired the next batter before an error put runners on second and third with only one out. A sacrifice fly by the next man up ended the game in walkoff fashion. Carpenter owns a 3.69 ERA and 57:11 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings.

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Alex Wood surrenders two runs in no-decision Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Braves pitcher Alex Wood wasn't a factor in the decision Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on four hits and one walk in seven-plus innings and striking out four in his team's 3-2 loss to the Pirates.

Wood delivered seven scoreless innings before giving up a walk and a ground rule double to open the eighth and end his night. Both runners would come around to score to deny Wood a win. He owns a 3.05 ERA and 124:37 K:BB ratio in 130 innings after surrendering two earned runs or less in each of his last five starts. Wood is slated to face the Mets Tuesday.

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Gerrit Cole strikes out six in return Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't factor into the decision in his return to the rotation Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on five hits and four walks in seven innings and striking out six in his team's 3-2 win over the Braves.

Cole was making his first start since July 4 after being activated from the disabled list earlier in the day. He surrendered RBI singles in the first and sixth innings, and his offense was able to get both runs back in the eighth. Cole owns a 3.69 ERA and 84:33 K:BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cardinals Tuesday.

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Starlin Castro may miss up to a week
by R.J. White |

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro may miss up to a week of action due to a family emergency, 670 The Score reports.

Castro is reportedly dealing with the death of a relative and three friends in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. He was scratched before Wednesday's game for the non-injury-related issue.

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Mike Olt hits minor-league DL with hamstring strain
by R.J. White |

Cubs minor-league infielder Mike Olt has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, reports.

Olt hit .139/.222/.353 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 187 at-bats with the Cubs before being sent to the minors. He owns a .302/.348/.585 line with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 106 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa.

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Everth Cabrera to begin baseball activities Thursday
by R.J. White |

Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera will join the team Thursday to begin baseball activities, U-T San Diego reports.

Cabrera was placed on the disabled list last Tuesday with a hamstring injury and hasn't played since Aug. 9. He has hit ..232/.272/.300 with three home runs, 20 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 357 at-bats.

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Garrett Richards dealing with a left patellar injury
by Chris Cwik |

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards left Wednesday's game with a left patellar injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The extent of the injury is not known at this time. Richards left during the second inning after injuring himself running to first. The club will release more information after Richards is fully examined. 

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